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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research

ISBN 9780367109844
Published March 12, 2021 by Routledge
466 Pages

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Book Description

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of feminist approaches to questions of violence, justice, and peace.

The volume argues that critical feminist thinking is necessary to analyse core peace and conflict issues and is fundamental to thinking about solutions to global problems and promoting peaceful conflict transformation. Contributions to the volume consider questions at the intersection of feminism, gender, peace, justice, and violence through interdisciplinary perspectives. The handbook engages with multiple feminisms, diverse policy concerns, and works with diverse theoretical and methodological contributions.

The volume covers the gendered nature of five major themes:

• Methodologies and genealogies (including theories, concepts, histories, methodologies)

• Politics, power, and violence (including the ways in which violence is created, maintained, and reproduced, and the gendered dynamics of its instantiations)

• Institutional and societal interventions to promote peace (including those by national, regional, and international organisations, and civil society or informal groups/bodies)

• Bodies, sexualities, and health (including sexual health, biopolitics, sexual orientation)

• Global inequalities (including climate change, aid, global political economy).

This handbook will be of great interest to students of peace and conflict studies, security studies, feminist studies, gender studies, international relations, and politics.

Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at

Table of Contents


Part I: Methodologies and Genealogies 

1. Genealogies of Feminist Peace Research: Themes, Thinkers, and Turns Annick T.R. Wibben 

2. Feminist Care Ethics: Contributions to Peace Theory Tove Pettersen

3. Methodologies for Feminist Peace Research Annika Björkdahl and Johanna Mannergren Selimovic 

4. Queer Theories of Peace and Security Emil Edenborg 

5. Everyday Peace in Critical Feminist Theory Shine Choi 

6. Feminist Responses to Conflict: Within, Against and Beyond the Law Kiran Kaur Grewal 

7. Gendering Education for Peace: Critical Perspectives Shweta Singh 

8. Women, Patriarchy and Traditional Methods: A Postcolonial Feminist Critique of Pashtun Jirga. Farooq Yousaf 

Part II: Politics, Power, and Violence   

9. Continuums of Violence: Feminist Peace Research and Gender-based Violence Punam Yadav and Denise M. Horn 

10. Sexual Violence in Times of War and Peace Sara Meger 

11. Feminist Peace versus Weapons of  Violence Ray Acheson 

12. Feminist Responses to Violent Extremism Katherine E. Brown 

13. Armed Resistance and Feminist Activism Magda Lorena Cárdenas and Jenny Hedström 

14. Feminism. Militarism. Whatever: Civil Military Operations in Afghanistan Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv 

15. Can Armed Service be Emancipatory? Complex Answers from Nepal and the United States Megan MacKenzie and Keshab Giri 

16. Silencing and Voicing the Subaltern Nompumelelo Motlafi 

Part III: Institutional and Societal Interventions  

17. Feminist Approaches to Peace and Conflict: International Human Rights Law Disappearing and Re-emerging? Kate Ogg and Louise Craker 

18. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Feminist Interventions Nadine Ansorg, Toni Haastrup, and Katharine A. M. Wright 

19. Women, Peace, and Security Soumita Basu and Akhila Nagar 

20. Peacekeeping: Feminist Debates and Demands Aiko Holvikivi 

21. Not Enough Soldier, Not Enough Civilian: The Continuing Under-Representation of Female Soldiers in Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration (DDR) Programmes Leena Vastapuu 

22. Trauma, Memory, and Peacebuilding Hanna Ketola 

23. Feminism and Peace Movements: Engendering Anti-Nuclear Activism Catherine Eschle 

24. The Arts as a Peacebuilding Approach: Feminist Contributions and Directions Nilanjana Premaratna and Praveena Rajkobal 

Part IV: Bodies, Sexualities, and Health   

25. Bodies/Biopolitics/Identity: Feminist Perspectives Sarah Smith and Christine Agius 

26. Embodying Transformations: Feminism, the Yoga Body, and Social Change Emanuela Mangiarotti 

27. Sexual Health and World Peace Maria Tanyag 

28. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) in Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding Jamie J. Hagen, Megan Daigle, and Henri Myrttinen 

29. Men, Masculinities, and Peace, and Violence: A Multi-level Overview on Justice and Conflict Jeff Hearn, Kopano Ratele, Tamara Shefer, and Anisur Rahman Khan 

30. Gendered Nationalism, Military Masculinities, and Bodies Bram J. De Smet and Ihntaek Hwang 

31. Intergenerational Feminist Peace: Global Research and a Case Study from Aceh, Indonesia Zubaidah Djohar and Lesley Pruitt 

32. Gender and Disasters Margaret Alston 

Part V: Global Inequalities 

33. Climate Change, Gender, and Peace: Thinking Differently in a Brave New World? Nicole Detraz and Sonalini Sapra 

34. Is Feminist Peace Possible? Constraints and Opportunities in a Global Political Economy Sarah Hewitt and Jacqui True

35. Feminist Approaches to Forms of Labour Edmé Domínguez Reyes and Lisa Sutton 

36. Development and Foreign Aid Itziar Mujika Chao and iker zirion landaluze 

37. Feminised Work, Invisible Labour: Against the Formal-Informal Economy Dichotomy Elena B. Stavrevska 

38. Famines: ‘Slow’ Violence and Gendered Memorialisation Swati Parashar and Camilla Orjuela 

39. Global Mobilities Anitta Kynsilehto 

40. Gender and Diaspora Élise Féron


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Tarja Väyrynen is Professor in Peace and Conflict Research and Research Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University, Finland.

Swati Parashar is Associate Professor in Peace and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Élise Féron is Senior Research Fellow at the Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University, Finland.

Catia Cecilia Confortini is Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College, USA.